We had the good fortune of connecting with Jere Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jere, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
Being honest and open have been the most important things I’ve done to impact my daughters lives.
As parents, in some respects, we feel like we have to have IT all figured out or at least don’t let the children see us weak or confused. I never wanted to feel inauthentic in my own space and I wanted my children to know that cracks in the armor are okay. I’m still just as strong because I’m aware of this THING and I don’t let this THING stop me.
As women we have to balance so much. As mothers we have to balance so much more, and then, multiply THAT by however many children you have. I like to say, I’m “just a girl working on being a grown up”. But, this “girl” is a single mother of 3 in addition to working a full time job, being a creative and starting my own business.
My girls know there are boundaries and limitations, They respect me and my rule as queen of the kingdom, BUT, they also know mom has cracks. I am superhuman because of my humanness and I love that the small army I’ve created, are growing up to see that humanness in everyone around them. They consider the possible cracks in everyone’s armor and they love them anyways. I hope they all stay that way
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I come from a creative family, artists and actors. The arts have always been apart of my life in some aspect. My mother, an artist and daughter of an artist, made sure we had weekly Arts and Crafts nights. We would design houses, build towns, paint, draw, put on costumes and sing. Going to plays, concerts and museums were constant. So, in some respects I was destined to be a creative. My major in college was Entertainment Business. But, life got crazy and being a young creative was not stable enough to raise my family.
It’s easy in adulthood, to forget what brought you joy as a kid. Now, as the person in charge of entertaining 3 humans I ran to the store and grabbed a few supplies to entertain my crew one Saturday. “Mommy, paint with me” was the gateway. That one painting grew to 5 by the end of the week. Which quickly grew to 15, I sold one. Then five. A social media account was started and then a website. I’ve also been commissioned. My current career as an artist happened fast and totally by accident.
Creating is never hard because, I paint what I feel. I close my eyes turn, on some music and just GO. And while I love seeing a finished piece, I really love hearing how other people interpret my work. Each piece is so personal. But, each piece can be perceived differently and that is amazing to me. Art in every form it takes, is really left up to the perception of the audience, regardless of the creators intent. We release it and let it live its life and be what it needs to be for each person it reaches. And that is…both terrifying and exciting.
The lesson I’ve learned in my life and art journey is “Just do it!” Whatever the thing (within reason) try it and see where it takes you. You want to move across the country? Plan it and DO IT. Worst case scenario, you have to move back home. You want to paint? Go buy some paint and DO IT. You want to model? Take some pictures, DO IT! You learn things along the way. Life is about getting better as you grow, Why not grow in the direction that brings you happiness and peace?!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I honestly think that while having an idea of what you want to do is important. Going day by day and making moves based on energy and vibes for the day is also very important. Some of the things I would plan for are:
Modern Round in Peoria a virtual shooting range and restaurant
Century 18 a bar set inside of a train car
Dinner at Pier 54 around sunset
Renting a boat at Tempe Town lake
Drinks at Killer Whale Sex Club and Valley Bar
Road trip to Sedona to hike and meditate
This is AZ!! The sights are AMAZING so I would aim for outdoor activities (not during the summer months)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to EVERYONE that has been a blessing or a lesson. You helped shape the woman I am today.